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Safe Cigarette Bill reaches Governor's Desk.

Date: May 6, 2009
By: Allison Blood
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 205

Intro: Cigarette house fires cause about 800 deaths a year, and a House bill aimed at decreasing that number has reached the governor's desk.

Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City.

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Bill sponsor, Republican Representative Michael Parson, said there is be no reason Governor Jay Nixon won't sign it into law.  

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Description: "Well I would think, this has been done in 42 states, I think it's a good consumer bill, you don't have anybody...basically there's nobody in opposition to the bill, so I would hope the Governor would feel pretty good about signing that bill."
 
Parson said the bill requires cigarettes to be wrapped in a paper that extinguishes the cigarette if the smoker stops inhaling for a long period of time.
 
He said the bill would save lives because self extingiushing cigarettes will lead to fewer house fires.
 
 
From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, Newsradio 11-20, KMOX

Intro: Supporters of a bill to make cigarettes fire-safe say the governor has no reason not to pass it.

Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City.

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Bill Sponsor Republican Representative Michael Parson said there was no opposition to the bill because it has the potential to save lives.

Parson said fire-safe cigarettes will cut down on house fires and save lives.

The bill would require cigarette vendors to only sell cigarettes wrapped in paper with fire-retardant strips.
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Description: "Basically those are called speed bumps, there's like three of them on each cigarette, and when it hits that particular paper, if you're not taking it a draw on it or you lay it down in an ash tray or you fell asleep with it, it would go out when it hit that paper."
 Cigarette house fires cause about 800 deaths each year.
From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, newsradio 11-20, KMOX.

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